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NY to close 4 institutions for the disabled
ALBANY (AP) -- New York officials say four state institutions that provide care for the disabled will be closed over the next four years in the ongoing shift to group homes and community settings.
The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities is responsible for about 126,000 New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. It says the O.D. Heck Developmental Center in suburban Schenectady is slated to shut by March 31, 2015.
That will be followed by the Brooklyn Developmental Center by Dec. 31, 2015; Broome Developmental Center in Binghamton by March 31, 2016; and the Fineson Developmental Center in Queens a year later.
The agency says Friday it has closed 14 of its 20 institutions over the past 25 years. That's reduced the number of residents from nearly 27,000 to fewer than 1,000.